In the book, The Day America Told the Truth, authors James Patterson & Peter Kim reveal some shocking statistics on how far people in this country are willing to go for money:
(25%) Would abandon their entire family
(23%) Would become prostitutes for a week or more
(16%) Would leave their spouses
(10%) Would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free
(7%) Would kill a stranger
(3%) Would put their child up for adoption
Money is a very powerful thing! People sell their souls for money. What would you do? Would you…lie, steal, inflict pain, manipulate, cheat, bend the rules, compromise your integrity, take someone’s job, threaten someone or even kill?
What if I asked you, what would you do to be a generous-aire? Gener…what? In other words, what lengths would you go to ensure that you could be known for your generosity? Paul asked the Corinthian church this question. (2 Cor. 8:7-9) He reminds them that they are good at a lot of things – in faith, speech, knowledge, etc. But what about your generosity, are you excellent there? See that you also excel in this grace of giving. (vs 8)
What does it look like to be an excellent giver? Paul tells us to test ourselves to find the answer. It’s not the amount that makes you an excellent giver, but it’s the heart and sincerity. Being an excellent giver is an expression of our love for Christ and others!
Singer-songwriter, Bruno Mars, sang about how badly he wanted to be a billionaire. The truth is, we are so good at loving ourselves, wanting things/stuff comes incredibly naturally to us. But when was the last time you heard a song about generosity? Some may ask what would you do for a million dollars or what would you do for a Klondike Bar? But me and Paul ask, what would you do to be an excellent giver?
Here are some practical ways you can start:
· Pray about it – God show me where you’re at work and how I can join you.
· Plan for it – Budget for generosity so that you have the time in your schedule and the money in your account.
· Do it – Hesitation is the greatest threat to good intentions. Start where you are at, start today!!!
Deer Flat has some of the most faithful and generous people in all the world, together let’s continue growing in the grace of giving. I’m convinced will never regret it!
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